If you are someone who puts a lot of care into your oral hygiene routine, you may be surprised to learn that even your best efforts may occasionally fall short. As we age, normal wear and tear take a toll on our teeth. Once our dentist sees significant signs of wear, decay, or cracking, they will suggest a dental crown to protect and preserve your teeth.
Getting a dental crown is a reasonably common occurrence, and it is a straightforward procedure. Once you and your dentist agree that you will get a crown, you will need to choose a material. Crowns can be a composite of metals or solid gold, porcelain fused to metal, or a crown made of porcelain. While metals hold up well, they can be distracting, especially if the tooth with the crown is conspicuously visible. The same is true for porcelain fused to a metal composite, even though the porcelain covers most of the metal, it is still somewhat noticeable, especially on the edge where the metal extends slightly underneath the porcelain. At our practice, we recommend porcelain crowns to our patients. They are very durable, stain resistant, and we can match the color of your natural teeth.
A crown usually takes at least two visits to our office. During your first visit, you will receive a local anesthetic, and our dentist will reshape your tooth to accommodate the crown. The next step is to make a mold of the tooth and the teeth near it. The mold goes to our dental lab where the technicians create your crown. Finally, our dentist fits you with a temporary crown to protect your tooth while waiting for the permanent crown. The permanent crown usually arrives in our office within two or three weeks.
On your next appointment, our dentist removes your temporary crown and fits the new crown to your tooth. The dentist cements the crown to your tooth after checking for accuracy and comfort. You are now ready to face the world with a new smile.
If you believe that a crown could help your oral health, you should contact our office and ask for a consultation. We can answer your questions and help you to figure out if a crown is right for you.
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